Archives for January 2012

A ‘LABOR OF LOVE’: Farming exhibit in San Jose honors Issei legacy

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) introduced its new agricultural exhibit, “Yesterday’s Farmer: Planting an American Dream,” on Dec. 10. With a focus on the Japanese immigrants who settled in Santa Clara Valley in the early part of the 20th century, the permanent exhibit features more than 100 types of […]

OBITUARY: Tomiko Takahashi Sasaki

SASAKI, TOMIKO TAKAHASHI passed away peacefully in San Francisco on December 20, 2011. She was 93 years old. Tomi was a San Francisco native and graduate of UC Berkeley (1939). She was the daughter of Shigetaro and Hana Takahashi of San Francisco, wife of Shigeru Sasaki, sister of Shigeharu and Edwin Takahashi and mother of […]

OBITUARY: Jane Michiko Imamura

IMAMURA, JANE MICHIKO, wife of the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, passed away on December 26, 2011 at the age of 91 in Berkeley, Calif. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Mrs. Imamura is survived by her daughters, […]

OBITUARY: George Tsutomu Nishikawa

NISHIKAWA, GEORGE TSUTOMU was born June 8, 1914 and passed away on Dec. 21, 2011. He was 97 years old. Survived by his beloved wife, Agnes Honda; sister, Harumo Lanier of Georgia; 4 children: Philip (Shirley) Nishikawa, Jane (Dr. Robert) Reeves, Dennis Nishikawa, Dr. Richard Nishikawa (Dr. Kathy Miller); cherished grandchildren, Allison (David) Ida, Dr. […]

OBITUARY: William H. Kika

KIKA, WILLIAM H. passed away after a brief illness on December 25, 2011. He was 91 years young! Born Aug. 8, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Joan K. Kika. Loving father of Gerald, Cecilia (Keith) Candace & William A. (deceased). Cherished grandfather of Paul & Susie Terasaki, Brother Shorge (Kitty). He retired from the […]

OBITUARY: Toshiyuki Hirabayashi

HIRABAYASHI, TOSHIYUKI passed away peacefully in Burlingame, Calif. at age 96. He was born Feb. 9, 1915, and died Jan. 1. He is survived by Midori, his wife of 66 years; son, Glen (Donna), and their daughters, Ashley and Amy; son, Dean (Debby), and their children, Kristin and Michael; daughter, Joan (Richard Reichard), and their […]

LETTERS: Nikkei ‘enduring’ life in Louisiana

Note: This letter was sent in response to the article entitled “The astonishing history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana,” which ran in two parts in November. Dear Editor, I was sent copies of the Nichi Bei Weekly, dated Nov. 3-9, part 1 and Nov. 10-16, 2011, part 2, to our Gardens in Louisiana. I really […]

LETTERS: Greetings from the Koharas

Note: This letter was sent in response to the article entitled “The astonishing history of Japanese Americans in Louisiana,” which ran in two parts in November. Dear Editor, Thank you for including our Kohara clan in this article. We are all proud of our family in Louisiana. JD Sparks (Kohara) Pewee Valley, KY

Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights icon who resisted wartime incarceration, dies

Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi, one of three wartime litigants who challenged wartime curfew or exclusion orders and whose legal convictions were vacated four decades later, died on Jan. 2, 2012 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, his family said. He was 93. “Dad was slowly declining in health after living 10 […]

THE KAERU KID: Farewell, Bend

Bend, Ore. received its name when pioneers traveled to farmlands west of the Cascades. They forded the Deschutes River at the last hospitable place before reaching their destination and would call out “Farewell, Bend” and those that stayed here gave it the full plaintive call as its name, but when the application for a post […]

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